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- Publication Date: June 15, 2014
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Forever Hold His Peace (The Crofton Chronicles Book 3) Kindle Edition
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Fiction & non-fiction accounting. From the .locales 2the manners, speech , dress
& thoughts You Me. COHEN are truly on target. You made writing Historical novels
It was a great ending for this series, but honestly I would love to read more stories on this. Hehe
When they discover who is behind the accusation, Anthony is furious and wants revenge. He knows that this will have to be done with extreme caution and secrecy; he gathers a few men he trusts implicitly to help him implement a plan, which will not only ruin his uncle’s reputation, but will also pay him the retribution he has so thoroughly earned. Sir Francis is a cruel man who has hurt and betrayed many people and he needs to be stopped. They carefully devise a nearly foolproof plan to discredit his uncle and bring him to justice. Anthony is determined to protect Sebastian and ending the suffering his uncle has caused. Anthony will stop at nothing to keep Sebastian safe and at his side forever.
Sebastian is terrified when the sheriff comes knocking at their door when he and his sister Bronwyn are both in residence at the manor. If he questions Bronwyn, he will quickly realize that she is not the woman who has been with Anthony for two years, which will raise all kinds of other questions. If Sebastian resumes his role as his sister and Anthony's wife and he's taken in for questioning, the truth will most certainly be revealed. Then they will have a multitude of questions to answer and will be in more legal trouble than ever. He and his sister plan and carry out a daring escape to preserve both their secret and their lives. Sebastian feels a bit guilty because it is, after all, his uncle whom they plan to destroy, but the more he learns about his uncle's misdeeds, the less emotion Sebastian feels and the more convinced that what they are doing is justifiable. After the dust settles, Sebastian realizes how much he misses acting and decides to pursue it again. It's rough going since he's not been on the stage for over two years. Few people remember him and if they do, they have only seen him in a woman's role. He becomes discouraged and wants to give up, but Anthony, realizing how important his acting is, encourages him to try one more time. Sebastian has told Anthony he wants to do this on his own; not through whatever influence Anthony can garner, but Anthony, of course, doesn't listen. With Sebastian's extraordinary talent and a little help from Anthony, Sebastian is offered a fairly important part in the play he auditions for. Sebastian isn't too angry with Anthony because even though he asked him not to interfere, he didn't really expect Anthony to stay out of it; besides, Sebastian is thrilled to have a chance to act again.
Although I realize that all good things must come to an end, I always hate it when they do. I shall miss Sebastian and Anthony and following them during their quest to be with the person they love for the rest of their lives. I recommend this book to fans to finish out the journey started for these brave men so they can see how they do. I also recommend it to new readers, especially those who like historical romance, sexy men with strong characters who believe that good overcomes evil, and true love will prevail. Thanks, Rebecca, for this enjoyable journey.
Originally published at Rainbow Book Reviews.
For original review see The Prism Book Alliance Blog online
Forever Hold His Peace is the third and final part of Rebecca Cohen’s trilogy The Crofton Chronicles, her wonderful historical series set in the time of Elizabeth 1. I reviewed the previous two books at Mrsconditreadsbooks. Book one is The Actor and the Earl, and book two is Duty to the Crown. Those reviews can be found on the links below.
The Actor and the Earl
Duty to the Crown
In The Actor and the Earl, Sebastian Hewel is manipulated into impersonating his twin sister Bronwyn at her wedding to Anthony Crofton, Earl of Redbourn. Luckily Anthony desired Sebastian from their first meeting, and they both settled down to enjoy their ‘marriage’ for as long as they could, even though they risked death and dishonor if their ruse was discovered. Now entering their third year of marriage, they are happy, settled into a routine, and are used to flitting between Anthony’s estates and the court of Elizabeth 1st at Richmond Place.
In order to allow Sebastian time to be himself Lady Crofton has become known as a woman who suffers from ongoing bouts of illness which force her to retire from public. During those times Sebastian, as himself, visits Crofton Hall, and has become a recognized friend and confidant of Anthony’s. They both aware though that the longer they carry on the ruse of Sebastian playing Bronwyn the greater the chance of discovery and Anthony has been careful to lay plans in readiness for the day when Lady Crofton needs to be laid to rest. Little does Anthony know that he has an enemy close at hand that forces this to happen much sooner than he or Sebastian would have liked.
One of the worst things to be accused of in Elizabethan times is witchcraft and soon rumors start to spread that Lady Crofton has been using spells to ensnare Anthony, after all how could such a plain woman catch and hold such a vital and passionate man as Anthony. Herbs associated with witchcraft, such as mugwort and mandrake are even found in Crofton Hall, giving credence to the rumors. Things come to a head when the real Bronwyn, visiting with Sebastian and playing the role of Lady Crofton herself so that she and Sebastian could be seen in public together, is placed in danger when the local sheriff demands to question Lady Crofton over the witchcraft rumors. As Sebastian frantically gets his sister to safety Anthony puts the plans for his wife’s sad passing into action. It’s time for Lady Crofton to die. But who wanted the charade to end, after all very few people knew about the deception, and what will Anthony do when he finds out?
From the moment I opened the first page of The Actor and the Earl I fell I love with Sebastian and Anthony. Each book has been a pleasure and a joy to read. The whole trilogy has not only lived up to my expectations, but exceeded them. As I have stated in previous reviews Rebecca Cohen’s writing is simple and elegant, it flows easily and from the moment I picked up Forever Holds His Peace I couldn’t put it down. One of the things that makes this series so good, and so unique, is the way Sebastian steps easily into the role of Bronwyn. Rebecca Cohen has written Sebastian so convincingly that I’ve never considered the deception he plays as unbelievable, or strange in any way. It all seems so natural. In Forever Holds His Peace I expected Lady Crofton to die, what I didn’t expect was the way it all happened, the intricacies of the plot were believable, and I was cheering Anthony on as he pursued his enemy. The chemistry between both men is still as strong as ever, and it’s obvious that they are and will always be devoted to each other. A nice touch was how we got to see Sebastian treading the boards again, with Bronwyn now in the past it’s nice to think he can have his acting again.
I’ve always dreaded the end of Lady Crofton and what this would mean for Anthony and Sebastian’s relationship but I shouldn’t have worried; its resolution is believable and realistic and we even have an epilogue to round things off nicely. I don’t hesitate to recommend The Crofton Chronicles to any lover of historical MM and to anyone who wants to read something a little bit different. You could read each book as a standalone but I highly recommended reading them in the correct order, pick them up and fall in love with Anthony and Sebastian as I did.